To fight crime, Hattiesburg mayor pushes for camera system


HATTIESBURG, Ms. – The mayor of Hattiesburg is moving forward with a plan to install a camera surveillance system across town as a way to reduce crime.

Reports say Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker brought up the idea during a Facebook video message to his constituents during which he also discussed a recent crime spree that has seen four shootings over the weekend.

He said the city could move forward with a partnership with Project NOLA. That’s a New Orleans-based organization that works with cities and towns, organizations and individuals to put cameras and gunshot detectors in needed areas.

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